Is it too early for all these "Best of 2015" lists that are starting to pop up everywhere? Since there are only thirty-two days remaining in the year, and there has to be some kind of calendar cut-off date that makes sense, I don't think it is.
In my own case here at Book Chase, I am willing to include books that are published during the first week of December only if they are truly outstanding. Otherwise, I do my best to limit my best of the year lists to books published between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. I'm working on my first long lists for fiction and non-fiction titles right now, but since I usually read less than 35 nonfiction titles a year, I'm not sure that I will be able to complete a full Top Ten list in that category.
These are a few of the books that jumped out during my first brief pass through the 108 books I've read so far this year.
The Hot Countries - Tim Hallinan
The Essential W.P. Kinsella - W.P. Kinsella
The Fifth Heart - Dan Simmons
Darkness, Darkness - John Harvey
The Assault - Harry Mulisch
Twain's End - Lynn Cullen
The Art of Memoir - Mary Karr
Deep South - Paul Theroux
Over the next two weeks, I'll be adding and subtracting books from the list as I re-read my reviews and check publication dates, but I suspect that most of these titles are going to be there somewhere.